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June 29, 2012 7:23:15 AM

I need some input on my computer setup I'm thinking to build.
**= Parts that have Alternatives
***=Parts that I wont buy until later or have a temporary one



**-Case NZXT TEMPEST EVO Crafted Series TEVO-001BK Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case [Either this one or the one listed at the end]
$109

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Processor Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K $219.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Motherboard ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $119.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-RAM G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9S-4GBRL $24.99
[Going to upgrade to 8gb or 16gb in the future]

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

***-Power supply
Ultra Limited Edition 550W Power Supply - ATX, Dual +12V Rails, 72% Efficient, Lifetime Warranty with Registration $8.97 [Either buying this or just using my 450W one
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...]

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

-Hard Drive SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

***-Graphics card EVGA 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti SuperClocked Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), Dual DVI, HDMI, DirectX 11, SLI Ready $259.99
(Buying after I build the setup) (using either my nvidia 9500gt or AMD HD5670 until i get the 560 Ti)

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

-Operating system Windows 7 64-bit $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

**-DVD drive
$16.99
LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM (this or the one at the end)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Alternatives :
Corsair Vengeance Series CC-9011019-WW White Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $139.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM SATA 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature IHBS112-04 - OEM $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So beside the alternatives all in total would run me about $701.77 w/shipping. It'd be nice to be less.

I should be able to roughly pay this off. But I was hoping to see what your feedback about this setup. Such as improvements or being cheaper. First computer for gaming. Hoping to be able to max out any game.
Any tips or other thoughts are welcome. Of course this isn't the only things I'll be buying just this current setup til I can buy a better graphics card and then be able to add other things like a cpu cooler and other accessories.




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June 29, 2012 7:41:00 AM

Bad PSU. Get an XFX 550W.
June 29, 2012 7:46:22 AM

Motherboard + CPU
I would change it to a 3570k and a Z77 board. Might as well get the more modern technology and the benefits like USB3 on the motherboard. If you buy the ones linked, its only $10 more.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then to back down on price, this HDD is essentially the same (has double the memory cache, which is good) for $10 cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Spending a bit too much on the case in relative to the rest of the build, but I can see why. I would suggest this one, $10 cheaper, has USB3 front ports and has the same aesthetic as the one you linked to. Corsair are a great case maker as well.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That PSU, never heard of Ultra before and a PSU that costs $20 can not be good. Doesn't even get to 80+ standard and has no extra features. Afraid you will just have to bite the bullet and fork out more than you expected here.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A gaming machine should have 8GB of RAM, so you will have to pay more than you expected here.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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June 29, 2012 7:52:08 AM

The above PSU only outputs 520W on the 12v rail, and is not enough for a 560ti. I recommend a 650W XFX or Corsair TX650 V2 for a 560ti.
June 29, 2012 4:33:53 PM

manofchalk said:
Motherboard + CPU
I would change it to a 3570k and a Z77 board. Might as well get the more modern technology and the benefits like USB3 on the motherboard. If you buy the ones linked, its only $10 more.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then to back down on price, this HDD is essentially the same (has double the memory cache, which is good) for $10 cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Spending a bit too much on the case in relative to the rest of the build, but I can see why. I would suggest this one, $10 cheaper, has USB3 front ports and has the same aesthetic as the one you linked to. Corsair are a great case maker as well.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That PSU, never heard of Ultra before and a PSU that costs $20 can not be good. Doesn't even get to 80+ standard and has no extra features. Afraid you will just have to bite the bullet and fork out more than you expected here.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A gaming machine should have 8GB of RAM, so you will have to pay more than you expected here.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks for your feedback! I liked all the changes you recommended. But since money is a little tight I might not be able to get the Graphics card or the PSU yet. Would it be alright to build and use my old 9500gt Nvidia or HD radeon HD5670 card until I can get that 560 ti?
Along with that can I use my 550W PSU Ultra that I am currently using on my own PC. Just want to use these temporarily til I can get both a new psu and graphics card.

Think it was something like this.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Used with my 9500gt and HD5670 on my current computer.


Lastly I can upgrade other parts like the Processor or DVD drive right after it's done building?
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